Huskies fall in Pauley again

#12 Washington looked like they would shake the mystique of Pauley Pavilion when they pasted the Bruins early and often, but 19 second half points by Brian Morrison and a game high 28 from Dijon Thompson proved to be too much as the Bruins overcame a 21 point first half deficit to hold off Washington 95-86 in Westwood this evening.

Thompson had 28 to lead all scorers. Morrison's 19 all came in the second half, and true freshman point guard Jordan Famar had 13 points.

Nate Robinson had his best outing in six games, and led the Huskies with 21 points before fouling out with 20.2 seconds to go. Tre Simmons added 19 and Mike Jensen chipped in 16 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome untimely turnovers, some porous defense, and some amazing Bruin shooting down the stretch.

UCLA scored the first three points of the contest and then watched as Washington got the motor revved up and shifted into high gear.

The Huskies went on a 23-2 run, capped by a Joel Smith trey from deep in the corner to push the Dawgs ahead. Mike Jensen had a dunk and three pointer during the run, as the Huskies made nine field goal attempts in a row.

The lead reached 21 when Trey Simmons tipped in his own miss and was fouled. He made the foul shot and after he nailed a three-pointer, Washington led 33-14 and was shooting 77% from the field through the first 11 minutes of the game. It was perhaps the best 11 minutes of basketball the Huskies have ever played, but it wouldn't last.

Then UCLA begin to chip away at the lead as Dijon Thompson began to heat up. When Thompson nailed a three and Josh Shipp dunked, the Bruins had climbed to within 11 at 41-30 at the 3:01 mark.

The two teams traded baskets through the rest of the half. A Jordan Farmar trey for UCLA made it a 52-42 Washington lead at the break. Washington shot 68% from the field in the first 20 minutes.

UCLA kept their climb uphill, cutting the lead to six in the first two minutes of the second half, but the Huskies fought off the home crowd and Bruin momentum. Two Tre Simmons free throws put the Dawgs back on top by 10, 61-51.

A Brandon Roy drive followed by a Simmons 17 footer pushed it to 14 to give the Huskies a little breathing room, so it seemed.

One breath later, UCLA was back knocking at the door with an 11-0 run, topped off by five straight points by Brian Morrison and a Josh Shipp trey. Nate Robinson lay in finally ended the Husky drought. UCLA shot a blistering 67% from the field during the comeback, including four straight three-pointers. Dijon Thompson made seven straight field goal attempts in a row to lead the charge.

UCLA went ahead for their first lead since 3-2 when Morrison nailed another deep three pointer, and the Bruins led 75-74 at the 8:00 mark.

A Trey Simmons lay in at the 3:00 mark tied the game at 85 all as the Huskies gamely fought to stem the tide.

A tough Morrison jumper in Conroy's face put the Bruins back on top. Bobby Jones had the opportunity to put the Dawgs back in the lead with a wide open look at a three but missed wide left at 1:30 to play. Two Morrison free-throws pushed it to four.

Robinson split two free throws to make it 89-86 as the game entered the last minute of play. Jordan Farmar missed a driving shot but the rebound bounded away from three Huskies, right to freshman Lorenzo Mata, who laid it in. A Will Conroy turnover at the other end 10 seconds later iced the game.

UCLA only turned the ball over four times in the entire second half, showcasing their freshman guards, Farmer and Aaron Afflalo, who will give the Pac-10 fits for years to come.

With their 19th loss in a row at Pauley Pavilion, Washington falls to 13-2, 3-1 in conference. UCLA improves to 9-3, 3-1 in conference. The Huskies welcome the Oregon schools into Bank Of America arena next Thursday and Saturday.

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